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BT Sport has won the rights to show the 2017/18 Ashes series as part of a new deal with Cricket Australia.

The move also sees the broadcaster snap up coverage of Australia's KFC Big Bash League, along with 210 days of international cricket from 2016 to 2021.

Along with watching England defend the Ashes, viewers will also be able to see all Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals played in Australia.

It means some of the world's greatest cricketing nations will be on show, including New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan, as well as bitter rivals England.

The Big Bash, which will see 35 games broadcast on BT, also boasts some glittering individual talents, such as South African legend Jacques Kallis and former England international Kevin Pietersen.

Other highlights include the women’s Ashes and the women’s T20 Big Bash League.

It is the latest boost for BT's cricket coverage, which already includes the annual Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament, and opens up the possibility of Ultra HD cricket.

Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is delighted to be adding international cricket to its line-up, and to be the new home of the next Ashes tour in Australia.  

"We will show live domestic games featuring the best players in the world during the Big Bash League and all Australian home matches for the next five years.”

However, it is likely to be seen as a substantial blow for Sky, which had previously boasted exclusive rights for Ashes Test cricket and the Big Bash League.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Media, Communications & Marketing Ben Amarfio said the deal would help to grow the appeal of the game by reaching out to a wider audience.

He added: “They [BT Sport] are uniquely placed to become one of the UK’s largest sports channels and we think cricket can provide the content and opportunities to help them do just that.

“With more cricket content now available via BT Sport, free-to-air television and through our digital platforms, we are making the game more accessible to more people. The principle of taking the game to more people is very important in our efforts to grow the game.”  

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